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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 3:06 AM

Re: Creating Your Own BRK Dividend Question

Then why would Warren Buffett have invested in a company like Coca~Cola, which has paid cash dividends continuously since 1893?

Because he thought their EARNINGS would be good.

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:36 PM

Re: Creating Your Own BRK Dividend Question

One answer, and one which I acknowledge is purely psychological, makes no sense, but I cannot shake it.

A dividend is the only way I am SURE I am extracting money from the corporation in which I have an ownership interest. Far too many
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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:27 PM

Re: OT: CBI and Nuclear Energy

Even the US could probably ramp up its own production from its current 2,000 tons 25,000 tons, to fill all its needs, if it really had to, since it has proven reserves of about 250,000 tons at $50/lb, and 600,000 tons, at $100/lb. At higher [more]

Sun Aug 30

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 11:34 AM

Re: IBM More a Super Bargain Than Ever.

And you are underestimating battery life cycles.
For example - based on the data so far, I expect Tesla S batteries to last AT LEAST 300,000 miles or 15 years with normal use before they drop to 75% capacity.
Under ideal conditions - if
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Sat Aug 29

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 12:17 PM

Re: IBM More a Super Bargain Than Ever.

There are a few things going on here in comparing electric trucks with diesel trains.

1) Basic energy efficiency of truck vs truck vs train
2) Basic energy efficiency of electric vs diesel
3) Cost of fuel electric vs diesel
4) [more]

Thu Aug 27

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 2:20 PM

Re: OT: CBI and Nuclear Energy

Could The ‘Fusion Engine’ Become a Reality Before 2020?

No. That's ridiculous.

It will probably be more like 2025.

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Wed Aug 26

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RaplhCramden replied to the Words, Words, Words board. 3:35 PM

Re: New York Period?

Whereas i.e. or e.g., whether you think in English or Latin or Swahili, would always expand to id est or exempli gratia.

I always write i.e. and e.g. with periods, and italicized as well. But until today I don't think I [more]

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 3:24 PM

Re: OT: CBI and Nuclear Energy

Quite a nice writeup, thanks RCLosch.

Part of what is amazing to me is that the light water reactor (LWR), first designed in the early 1950's for use on naval vessels, and then adapted for "peaceful" use in utility power [more]

Tue Aug 25

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RaplhCramden replied to the Words, Words, Words board. 3:55 PM

Re: New York Period?

NYT spells S&P 500 as S.&P. 500.

N. Y. T. is clunky and obtuse. They always have been. They spent years refusing to use Ms. to refer to a woman.
R:).

Mon Aug 24

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 5:22 PM

Re: A vs B

In a US based IRA account, are there advantages, beyond getting to attend the annual meeting, to buying a single A share vs the equivalent dollar amount of B shares?

You can attend the annual meeting even if you only own B shares. [more]

Thu Aug 20

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RaplhCramden replied to the Apple board. 4:07 PM

Re: Does the end of subsidies help or hurt AAPL?

Mrs. Goofy upgraded her 4s to a 5s. At that time I could get about $75 for her phone, max memory, perfect condition. I had a 4, which was only a little older, the max trade in on that one was $40. Also max memory, perfect condition. If I had [more]

Tue Aug 18

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 4:30 PM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

Tracking in from Best Of for a second, I think the above vastly overstates the potential energy efficiency of algae. Photosynthesis just isn't all that efficient at converting and storing energy - typically closer to 1-2% of sunlight that strikes [more]

Mon Aug 17

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 5:07 PM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

So if I pollute your property only a few inches per year it is ok?

We are talking about large stuff done by governments. If the government wants to build a driveway to a parking mall on my property, it may or may not be OK but it is [more]

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 3:05 PM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

Solving this problem might have the added benefit of sequestering
carbon emissions, correct?


Rubic,

Right in spirit but I think you do not mean "sequestering."

Sequestering carbon emissions refers [more]

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 11:08 AM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

Algae oil? Gimme a break. The world uses a thousand barrels of oil every second. Every second. That is 44,000 gallons of oil a second. 60,000 barrels of oil a minute. There is no way enough land could be converted into factories to produce that [more]

Sun Aug 16

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 11:33 AM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

That comment does not improve your credibility in this argument. It's not the warming per se that causes the problem. The problem is that half of the world population lives on the coast. And unless you have been living under a rock for 30 years [more]

Fri Aug 14

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 7:50 PM

Re: OT: what is the big picture for OIL?

Always remember there is no such thing as petroleum production.
You can move it around or burn it it transform it into plastic bottles, but nobody makes it.


This is actually NOT true. People DO make oil. Two good examples: [more]

Thu Jul 30

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RaplhCramden replied to the Apple board. 3:22 PM

Re: Peak Apple

Its not the stuff we know about that will keep Apple growing but the things we don't know about.

I predict that at least one of iMistress, iCoin, or something from the coming line of Apple Brain Implants will hit and drive growth into at [more]

Mon Jul 20

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RaplhCramden replied to the Berkshire Hathaway board. 8:45 PM

Re: "Buffett's Bold Prediction"

I'm curious why you call out "exceedingly expensive". Whether lidar, radar, cameras, or a combination thereof, the components of the sensor suite are primarily electronics that is already in mass production for other purposes and not [more]

Wed Jul 15

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RaplhCramden replied to the Apple board. 2:25 PM

Re: New A8 iPod Touch models

At some point, do people start buying iPods instead of iPhones in order to avoid the $100/month cellphone bill? iPods will effectively work like iPhones when they are in contact with wifi. Probably most of us spend 80% or 90% of our time connected to [more]

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